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Strong Quality Across the State as Ample Rain Ends Drought San Francisco – California’s 2017 harvest wrapped up early this fall following summer heat spurts and a growing season that saw significant rain throughout the state ending a five-year drought. While October wildfires in North Coast wine communities made international headlines, the state’s vineyards and wineries were not significantly affected. …

Wine Business Institute Announces Wildfire Assessment Study of North Coast Wine Industry

Economists and Executives Lead Effort to Determine Facts of Impact, Draw Roadmap for Recovery as Model for Wine Regions Worldwide Rohnert Park, California – The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a wildfire impact assessment study that was launched on October 11 to evaluate the immediate and long-term effects of recent wildfires on the North …

UC Davis Extension Announces Winter Courses in Viticulture & Enology

UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers and winemakers. The following courses will take place Jan. – March 2018 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated. “Analysis of Wine Stability” will be taught by Michael Ramsey, the teaching laboratory manager for the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis, on Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-5 …

California Table Grapes are the World’s Best

Message from Donnell Brown, President of the National Grape & Wine Initiative – Nearly all (99%) of America’s table grapes are grown in California. And thanks to the diversity of the state’s terroir and the industry’s adaptive breeding programs, table grapes have the longest harvest timeline of all grape crops here. This year, harvest began in the desert of Southern …

Tax Relief & Deductions for Wineries this Year

Q&A with a Winery Tax Expert What tax relief is available for wineries affected by fires in 2017? The IRS has announced that individuals and businesses affected by the fires in California now have until January 31, 2018 to file certain tax returns and make certain payments. There are currently seven counties eligible for relief: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, …

Retiring Sun Maid President Receives American Vineyard Outstanding Service Award

At the 105th Annual Meeting of Sun-Maid, American Vineyard Publisher Dan Malcolm presented retiring Sun-Maid President Barry Kriebel with American Vineyard’s Outstanding Service Award, after 30+ years of dedicated service to Sun-Maid and the raisin industry. Watch his brief interview, and read more about Mr. Kriebel in the December Issue of American Vineyard Magazine.

Best Practices with Doug Gubler for Preventing Trunk Diseases in Grapevines

As a throwback from American Vineyard’s Central Coast Grape Expo last year, now is the time to prepare our vineyards with the right tools to prevent trunk diseases from spreading in the vineyard. Watch this interview with international expert and emeritus Plant Pathologist at UC Davis Doug Gubler who shared some great insights.

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